In celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week!

I am going on 10 months strong with breastfeeding. My journey has been fairly easy compared to many. I believe that one of my greatest assets is that my family is so supportive! My family and my husband’s family could not be more supportive. No one ever makes me feel awkward or like I have to leave and sit alone to feed my daughter. In the beginning it was difficult to not feel awkward because of my insecurities. All I could think of is what if she unlatches and my nipple shows for 10 seconds! What will they say?! Guess what… it happened, and no one was even paying attention. I must say I was so embarrassed at first, but then I noticed no one saw or really cared. It was nothing new. I realized the horror stories of people giving mothers a hard time were real and it’s horrible that people can’t just leave a mother to feed her child, but that was not my experience. I realized it’s possible to have nothing happen but positive experience breastfeeding. It’s okay as a biracial woman to breastfeed. You don’t have to be crunchy or a hippie to breastfeed, but if you are that’s okay too. We are all mothers, no matter skin color, trying to be the best we can for our children, and you mom are doing a damn good job! πŸ˜‰πŸ€±πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ #BBW18 #LoveOnTop

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Let’s get real about being a working Mother.

I have heard time and time again being a working mother is HARD! Why would anyone do it then? Well, it can be many reasons, we have to, we want to, or many we are just plain crazy! Really it’s difficult to find the balance, to have to call off because baby is sick, to have to choose between quality time with your child or get caught up on housework after you get home from a long day. We all have our struggles and difficult choices we make everyday. One thing I believe most of us choose what is best for our families. We sacrifice so many things so our families can thrive. Some days we just want everyone to leave us alone and have a healthy cry, and that’s okay! The real deal is that we cannot forget to focus on self care for at least 30 mins a week. This is what we have to do for us and our families. Mom guilt is real and a normal emotion to feel, but ladies it’s time to let it go. 30 mins a week is not much at all but it can make a difference. You can go for a walk, eat a pint of ice cream, or just sit on your phone scrolling with no interruptions. Anything that you can work in during the week will help. Love yourself and be an example of what you want your babies to grow up to be, the rest will take care of its self. Thank you for all that you do and being the best Mom too!

Tips for Breastfeeding and Working Mamas

  • I am a full time working mom and I have choose to keep breastfeeding my baby girl. The goal is a year, honestly sometimes it’s hard and frustrating. Sometimes it seems like it would just be easier to buy formula. In ways it would be, but my husband and I are on a tight budget and formula is EXPENSIVE!!! I have accumulated some tips and tricks in my journey that I would love to share with y’all!
  • Pumping in the car
  • This is my secret weapon with keeping my supply up and making the most out of my time. We’re all busy and many people have a drive to work that’s over 20 minutes. First of all you need an adapter for your pump that plugs into the car. My pump also was able to use batteries but the batteries only lasted about 3 pumps and I started to notice a loss of suction due to the batteries dying. You will also need a hands free pump bra! I made one out of an old sports bra by cutting holes in the center of the cups. Leave extra time when leaving to set everything up it take about 5 mins or less. This is really all you need, some people might want a cover for comfort.
  • Pumping at work
  • Pumping at work is not a huge deal by law your employer has to provide a space but I’ve heard different rules for breaks. I would refer to your HR department for specifics on this.
  • Keeping supply up
  • I’ve heard so many different methods and products to help milk supply. Personally I think coconut milk helps. I believe over all the products water and nursing as much as possible are the keys for keeping supply up.
  • Staying positive
  • Sometimes staying positive is the hardest part between cleaning bottles, dealing with work stress, and trying to spend enough time with your family, breastfeeding seems like a daunting task. I personally wanted to quit so many times, but I remembered how good breast milk is for my baby. I wanted to keep the connection between her and I. My love for my daughter overrode my tiredness of pumping. Remember your doing the best you can and your an awesome mom!!!
  • Nicole Grimm